Viddler to Introduce In-Video Question Authoring & Reporting at FocusOn

Viddler to Introduce In-Video Question Authoring & Reporting at FocusOn

At Learning Solutions FocusOn Video event in Austin, June 8–10, we will be introducing a major upgrade to our online learning portal offering, the Viddler Training Suite (VTS). The upgrade includes an easy authoring interface for adding multiple choice questions to any point in the video timeline. Each answer can also include a “jump to” entry, taking the user to a specified point in the video. VTS now tracks and reports individual user responses to these questions—to help instructors, managers, and administrators measure learning progress. VTS already provides individual usage statistics for training video content. It also gives team leaders…read more >
4 Steps for Making a Great Training Video (Hint: Story Structure is Your Best friend)

4 Steps for Making a Great Training Video (Hint: Story Structure is Your Best friend)

Everywhere I go, I see people who do their jobs really well. Sadly, these company rock stars are not used often enough in training others. A great option is to have them create bite-sized training videos that share their expertise easily. Short training videos may seems too hard or time consuming... unless you use these 4 simple steps. Fortunately, employees at the top of their game are seldom shy about it. Given the chance, they’d love to share the secrets of their success. The problem is how to capture that knowledge on a video, so everyone can benefit. Thankfully, there’s a…read more >
7 Ways to Help Your Sales Team Grow

7 Ways to Help Your Sales Team Grow

Sales leaders and front-line managers are constantly looking for ways to make their sales meetings more effective, interesting, and useful. One of the best ways to improve a team’s performance is to dissect sales presentations as a group. Managers sometimes do this by conducting postmortems, which involve analyzing what went wrong with particular deals. Other times, groups use role plays to reenact what might happen during a presentation. Both of these methods are flawed in that they’re not always “real.” In the case of a postmortem, we only hear about the deal through the eyes of one salesperson. In the…read more >
No Time to Create Training Course Content? You Already Have Some!

No Time to Create Training Course Content? You Already Have Some!

At a recent content repurposing seminar at Liquid Interactive, I had an interesting conversation with a colleague, Linda Backo. We talked about repurposing existing content for marketing, but soon realized the same principles apply to training. Repurposing content for training just doesn’t receive as much attention as it does in marketing. Companies reuse marketing content for a simple reason: time (or, more accurately, the lack of it). Finding new uses for existing content saves money and gets the message out faster. The same is true for training. Companies need to produce fast, cost-effective training, so it’s critical that they develop…read more >
Are Documents Still Relevant for Training?

Are Documents Still Relevant for Training?

The worst training experience of my career was as an apprentice in a print shop. I was given a set of woefully outdated pamphlets. Except as sleep aids, they were useless. Fast forward to 2016. Training manuals are no longer printed documents, but they can be just as bad. In the age of video training, are documents still relevant? OK. Full disclosure. I’m a certified document geek—whether it’s about print, PDFs, Web pages, or eBooks. I’ve wandered for many, many hours in the Gutenberg and Plantin-Moreus museums. I talk and write ad nauseum about digital publishing technology. To me, documents are…read more >
For Video-Based Training, Do You Need an LMS?

For Video-Based Training, Do You Need an LMS?

Learning Management Systems (LMSs) are the right solution for many corporate training applications. But are they a panacea? If you are considering a video-based training and reinforcement approach, the answer may surprise you. Each time I attend a marquee event held by ATD, the eLearning Guild, or Training Magazine, my friends and I play a parlor game called “How Many LMSs Are Out There?” The rules are simple. We just ask booth visitors what LMS they use. Of the many who had an LMS, there was almost no duplication. Each system received one vote apiece. In other words, there are…read more >
7 Myths About Instructional Video: Which One is Limiting You?

7 Myths About Instructional Video: Which One is Limiting You?

“Truly interactive online video allows for training reinforcement via webcam or mobile recording regardless of the trainee’s location or schedule. It also provides a more efficient way to deliver instructional content in the first place.” Here are seven myths and misconceptions about instructional video, published in Learning Solutions Magazine this week: Myth #1: Everything worth learning can (and should) be reduced to bite-sized, two-minute videos Shorter is not always better. Very often, important skills require longer demonstrations or more explanation. Think about what makes a good live training session, then apply those rules to a video. If the instructor is…read more >
Where does User data Go with Video Embeds?

Where does User data Go with Video Embeds?

We hear this a lot: “I’ve been using YouTube or Vimeo to embed video in my LMS, but I need user tracking for my videos.” Sound familiar? Here are some important things to know about using video with your learning system. User data from your LMS are extremely comprehensive—as they should be. However, many players (especially YouTube) embed video with a web object called an iframe. Unfortunately for you, iframe-embedded videos only collect anonymous user behavior and send it elsewhere. Why are user data lost? Your LMS requires that each learner log in, so that you (the administrator) know who they are…read more >
4 Steps to Successful Training (or Retraining)

4 Steps to Successful Training (or Retraining)

If you’re looking for a job, training (or retraining) is a prescription for success. But how do people acquire new skills—for their current job or for a different career path? Here are some ideas. Good training is hard to come by. Back in the day, when I switched from food service to a higher-paying profession, my union benefits included “training” of sorts. But it consisted of a dozen technical manuals—based on procedures that were already outdated. I attended no classes. My real training was from friendly coworkers and a patient boss. Today’s workers fare no better. According to a research…read more >
3 Reasons to Use Video Coaching

3 Reasons to Use Video Coaching

Instructor-led classroom training is the default for many companies seeking to improve team performance. But training alone is not enough. Knowledge retention is notoriously low without consistent practice and reinforcement. Coaching, on the other hand, provides great results, especially if the learning takes place using video. Everyone in business has experienced their version of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, listening to the drone of a presentation, and wishing they were anywhere else. Unfortunately, a lot of training follows this model. Even if the lecture is a good one, we seldom retain everything. In a recent study by Sales Performance International, participants…read more >